Incarnational Ministry and the Unique, Incarnate Christ

Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016

We bear witness to Christ the Redeemer rather than ourselves; we find our maturity and identity as ones united to Christ but also as ‘servants’ of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:1), the one Incarnate Word who reconciles us with God.
The term “incarnational ministry,” like “missional” or “Emergent Church,” is used in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes “incarnational ministry” means ministry that crosses cultural barriers to be an embodied presence to people in need. At other times, it’s used to talk about culturally relevant analogies for the gospel. In still other contexts, “incarnational ministry” has become shorthand for affirming that intellectual assent to faith is not enough—faith needs to become embodied and “incarnate” in acts of love and service, as in the earthly ministry of Jesus. It is understandable if you find these different uses of ...

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